Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool can acquire a top five spot
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has beckoned his side to strive for “the perfect finish” to the season. The midfield maestro claims Liverpool is capable of acquiring a spot from the top five places on the Premier League table.
Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool should continue to fight for European action next season. Liverpool have been finish higher than the sixth since the 2008-09 season, although the club’s new owners claim returning to the Champions League has been their top priority.
Liverpool are currently sixth, two points behind Arsenal and seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. However, the Merseyside club has played an extra game, therefore they will have to wait a bit before celebrating over the possibility of finally acquiring Champions League action.
“Liverpool don't belong in seventh, eighth or ninth in the table,” Steven Gerrard said. “We want to push for the European places year after year. Hopefully it's not too late but we will need to produce the perfect finish to sneak in the back door.”
“The top five places are the target. Let's see what happens in other big games that are not in our control. Hopefully the teams above us will slip up. All we can control is our performances and our consistency and hopefully we will finish strong.”
Liverpool has struggled to defeat teams from the top half of the Premier League table this season. Their recent impressive victories over Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur suggest that tradition is about to change.
“I think this season has been slightly strange in the way that usually we do really well against the top sides and we slip up against the sides we should be beating, but we have been putting those sides away quite comfortably with three, four and five-nils and looking really good,” said Steven Gerrard, who scored the winner in Liverpool’s 3-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. “We haven't got the points we've needed against the top sides.”
“This result and performance (against Spurs) will give us great confidence and belief. Hopefully it will be a springboard for us to go on and finish the season really strongly. At times we haven't got what we've deserved against top sides but we can't look for excuses. We are where we are and we need to take responsibility for where we are in the league.”